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Gallagher Bassett Services in Itasca has new chief financial officer

Gallagher Bassett Services Inc. (GB), based in Itasca, said recently that Jim Bond has become the international risk management services company's chief financial officer.

Pekin Hospital volunteers, employees honored for their efforts

Pekin Hospital, ProHealth Medical Group and Progressive Health Systems recently honored employees and volunteers at two events celebrating outstanding service.

Chicagoland chamber wins gold communications award for rebranding

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce recently won a gold award in the B2B integrated marketing campaign category at the global Communicator Awards for its 2015 comprehensive rebranding that was orchestrated by chamber member TimeZoneOne.

Durbin urges warnings on for-profit schools but remains silent on College of DuPage scandal, public school abuses

As the school year winds down, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) continues to champion his cause against for-profit postsecondary education; however, one legal expert notes that “there is more than a double standard” at play in Durbin’s criticism.

Illinois American Water names new senior operations manager for Champaign County

Illinois American Water said recently that Dave Farrar has been appointed senior operations manager of field services and production for the Champaign County District.

Peoria Fire Department receives grant from Ameren Illinois

The Peoria Fire Department received a $2,500 grant from Ameren Illinois last week to help buy safety gear for new firefighters.

Greater Springfield Job fair a success

The Greater Springfield Chamber Job Fair last month was attended by an estimated 500 job seekers.

Astellas appoints Rodrigo Fernandez as executive director, international business

Astellas recently tapped Rodrigo Fernandez as executive director of international business for the company's Latin America business outside of Brazil.

CEO of ABG completes sixth year of Registered Fiduciary testing

John Blossom, CEO of ABG Retirement Plan Services, has completed the training, validation and testing necessary to remain a Registered Fiduciary (RF) for the sixth year.

Chicagoland business owners learn about cybersecurity

Small-business owners and entrepreneurs from across Chicago gathered this week at South Side business incubator Englewood Blue to listen to talks from three cybersecurity experts.

Five Illinois projects win 'Edie' economic development awards

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Economic Development Association (IEDA) have announced the five winners of "Edies," the Economic Development in Illinois awards.

Westchester-based Insurance Auto Auctions opens a New York branch

Insurance Auto Auctions Inc. (IAA), a Westchester-based business unit of KAR Auction Services, opened its newest branch recently in Bergen, New York.

Carbondale chamber donates bike racks, thanks to grant

Two Carbondale Chamber of Commerce member organizations have received new bicycle racks, thanks to a partnership between the chamber and the city of Carbondale.

Lowe Enterprises buys Naperville apartment community

Lowe Enterprises Investors (LEI) said this week it has acquired the 210-unit Fairways of Naperville apartment community as part of a joint venture.

Chicago-based VISANOW has new vice president of sales

VISANOW, a Chicago-based company that simplifies and expedites the immigration process, has hired Gretchen Keefner as vice president of sales.

Naperville area businesses step up to help 360 Youth Services

Several community partners have jumped in to help Naperville's 360 Youth Services overcome a deficit resulting from the Illinois state budget impasse.

Advance Auto Parts opening third store in Naperville

Advance Auto Parts said it will open its third Naperville store on May 12 at 1767 W. Ogden Ave., Suite 155, and will celebrate the event with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 2.

Cary Grove chamber executive director to step down

Brad Ball said last week he is resigning as executive director of Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce after serving in that role since 2013.

Efforts to bring NCAA tournaments to East Peoria honored

The National Collegiate Athletic Association's Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) recently awarded Dan Cunningham and Doug McCarty the Dr. Thomas Kearns Service Award for their roles in bringing two GLVC tournaments to the EastSide Centre in East Peoria.

Oakwood Worldwide recognized for its corporate social responsibility

Oakwood Worldwide, a specialist in corporate housing and serviced apartments that maintains an office in Chicago, has been recognized and awarded for its corporate social responsibility (CSR) program.

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